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Members of the DC LERA
Board of Governors Attend
BBQ At Japanese Embassy

DC LERA President Bill Scott was a recent guest of Japanese Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae and his wife, Nobuko, at the Japanese Embassy BBQ.  Also, in attendance were the former Japanese representative to the DC LERA's Board of Governors, Kayo Rokumoto, the French Embassy's representative to the DC LERA's Board, Claire Aubin, and Clair's daughter.

Bill Scott with the Ambassador and wife of the Ambassador.

Bill Scott with Kayo Rokumoto, Clair Aubin and Clair's daughter.

The Industrial Relations Research Association was established in 1948.
In December of that year, local members founded the Washington, D.C. Chapter of the IRRA, which became the Labor and Employment Relations Association (LERA) in 2005.  Click here to read more history. 

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The Board of Governors encourages  members to invite guests to the DC LERA luncheon meetings at the $25 member rate. Students may attend luncheon meetings for only $15.

Hot Issues Facing the NLRB

Luncheon Program
Noon – Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at the Historic Woman’s National Democratic Club

Richard F. Griffin, Jr.
General Counsel
National Labor Relations Board

Controversy seems always to swirl around rulings and operations of the NLRB. Lately, the turbulence seems to be increasing. The Supreme Court recently invalidated recess appointments of Board members made by President Obama, thus effectively starving the Board of its sovereignty at the will of Congress.

Some Board rulings have raised concerns over their wider consequences. Recently, the Board ruled that scholarship athletes at private universities could unionize. What does this mean for public universities?

On July 29 of this year, NLRB General Council, Richard F. Griffin, Jr., ruled that McDonald’s and its franchise operators could be held jointly liable for labor and wage violations. The decision stoked fears that the ruling, if upheld, could disrupt longtime practices in the fast food industry and possibly open the door to unionization.

The Washington, D.C. Chapter of the Labor & Employment Relations Association is extraordinarily pleased that Mr. Richard F. Griffin, Jr., the person best qualified to speak to these and other hot issues facing the NLRB, has accepted our invitation to address our September luncheon.

Richard F. Griffin, Jr. was sworn in as General Counsel of the National Labor Relations Board on November 4, 2013 for a four-year term. Prior to becoming General Counsel, he served as an NLRB Board Member from January 9, 2012, when he received a recess appointment by President Obama. Mr. Griffin’s long involvement with labor law began in 1981 when he joined the NLRB as a counsel to Board Members. From 1983 until his appointment to the Board in 2012, he served in the legal department of the International Union of Operating Engineers, ending up as IUOE’s General Counsel. His academic background includes a B.A. from Yale and a J.D. from Northeastern.

Click here to learn more and register for the September Luncheon Meeting...

Past DC LERA President
Guest Speaker at June Meeting

Attendees at the June luncheon meeting learned about the future of work from Fred Stahl, DC LERA past president and author of Worker Leadership: America’s Secret Weapon in the Battle for Industrial Competitiveness and a co-author of Lean Enterprise Value: Insights from MIT’s Lean Aerospace Initiative. Click here to review previous luncheon presentations.


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Venable LLP and Woman's National Democratic Club Become Newest DC LERA Organizational Sponsors

Welcome to Venable LLP and the Woman's National Democratic Club (WNDC).

Venable LLP has built its firm based on a simple and enduring premise: "We see the world through the eyes of our clients."  The WNDC is the meeting place for Democrats in the nation's capitol. Click here to learn more...

President Bill Scott Recently Welcomed New Board Member
Akiro Yoshida

Mr. Akiro Yoshida is 1st Secretary at the Embassy of Japan. 

In 1998, after graduating from Tokyo university, Mr. Yoshida entered the Ministry of Labour, Japan.  He has worked in the Employment Policy Bureau (tackling various issues such as employment insurance, policy planning, foreign worker issues, employment promotion for the elderly and people with disabilities, etc.).

He has also worked in the Labor Standard Bureau (minimum wage), the Human Resource Development Bureau (vocational skill/ability evaluation), and Minister’s Secretariat.

Mr. Yoshida had a chance to work in the Tokyo Metropolitan government and study at Indiana University, Bloomington  from 2003 to 2005  (Master of Public Affairs).

He is looking forward to meeting the DC LERA members soon.

Get to know William F. Scott,  the DC LERA President for 2014.  Click here to read about Bill and his personal message. 

Click here for a brochure to use as an invitation for a colleague to join the DC LERA.  And, bring someone to the next monthly luncheon meeting.  Check out the special member price for guests.